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Theme for Sunday, 8 September 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Jeremiah 18.1–11; Psalm 139.1–7; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14.25–33 The New Testament is full of examples of the ‘new things’ to be found in the ‘good news’ that Jesus brings.  But for many people whom he encountered at the time, and for many in succeeding generations, including today’s, new things are not necessarily […]

Theme for Sunday, 18 August 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Isaiah 5.1–7 (Isaiah tells the story of the vineyard gone wild); Psalm 80.9–20; Hebrews 11.29—12.2 (examples of faith, and the cloud of witnesses); Luke 12.49–56 (Jesus predicts division). The Bible is full of meaningful little stories – not just the parables of Jesus, but plenty of other analogies that describe the […]

Theme for Sunday, 11 August 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Genesis 15.1-6; Psalm 33.12-22; Hebrews 11.1–3, 8–16; Luke 12.32–40 There used to be a man called Fred who busked outside some of the shops where we lived in Canada. One day, when our kids and their friends were going past, he stopped, and called out, “Jesus is coming, clean out your […]

Theme for Sunday, 4 August 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Hosea 11.1–11; Psalm 107.1–9, 43; Colossians 3.1–11; Luke 12.13–21 (parable of the ‘rich fool’) In 1970, Kenny Rogers had a hit with a song called ‘The Gambler,’ whose refrain includes the lines, “You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table; there’ll be time enough for counting when the […]

Theme for Sunday, 28 July 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Hosea 1.2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2.6-15; Luke 11.1-13 (Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer) The walk of faith of a Christian life challenges us to be agents of God’s purpose.  As Teresa of Avila wrote: “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; […]

Theme for Sunday, 14 July 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: Amos 7.7–17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1.1–14; Luke 10.25–37 (the parable of the Good Samaritan) We all want to be the Good Samaritan!  Isn’t that what Jesus’ parable is all about – being willing to help our neighbours?  Is this truly the point that Jesus was making with his story about a hated Samaritan […]

Theme for Sunday, 7 July 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Last week saw a human trafficking ring successfully exposed and prosecuted, with Hope for Justice figuring prominently, an organisation that assists victims of human slavery; and thousands of people in Manchester ringing bells for peace.  Signs of hope in a dark and […]

Theme for Sunday, 30 June 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: 2 Kings 2.1-2,6-14; Psalm 77.11-20; Galatians 5.1,13-25; Luke 9.51-62 People who undertake some kind of hiking or walking activity, especially for any kind of distance, are dependent upon some kind of guide, or map. However, it is not possible to walk along with one’s head in a book: it is important […]

Theme for Sunday, 23 June 2019

Scripture for this Sunday: 1 Kings 19.1-15a; Psalm 42; Galatians 3.23-29; Luke 8.26-39 Anna Maria Tremonti has been the presenter of a current affairs programme on the CBC radio network called The Current for 17 years. She is now stepping down from that role, having interviewed many people, from Henry Kissinger (who walked out!) to […]

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